Herb Mills, retired Secretary-Treasurer of ILWU Local 10, describes here the solidarity among longshoremen on the job which gives rise to moral actors, reinforcing an ethical system of mutual respect and mutual aid that was the underpinning of the longshore union during its heyday from the 1930s to the 1960s. Topics: longshoremen, ILWU, morality, solidarity, cooperation, mutual aid
Retired Secretary-Treasurer Herb Mills (ILWU Local 10) talks about the "old days" on the waterfront, both from the point of view of the longshoremen who came out of the notorious "shape-up"of the 1920s and found dignity and respect and good wages via the union, but also the scene along the waterfront in those long-lost days... saloons, bars, cafes, diners, peep shows, hotels, meeting rooms... crowded with people coming and going from near and far, a lively and forgotten... Topics: waterfront, City Front, longshoremen, ILWU, dockworkers
Retired Secretary-Treasure of ILWU Local 10 Herb Mills gives an entertaining and eloquent description of the labor process of longshoring pre-containerization, detailing how the solidarity and moral cohesion of the men was created through their shared labor in the holds of ships and on docks along San Francisco's industrial waterfront. Interviewed in 1996 by Chris Carlsson and Steve Stallone for the Shaping San Francisco prjoect. Topics: longshoremen, longshoring, dockers, dock work, ILWU, winches, hoists, cranes, solidarity
"A Freighter in Port" is a wonderful 1950s educational film about merchant ships, explaining not only how they work but describing their layout and equipment in the era prior to the arrival of shipping containers. The primary ship shown is the USS Marmactide, ex- USS Lyon (AP-71), which was built in 1939 and served in WWII, and USS Comayagua, a refrigerated cargo ship owned by United Fruit Co. -- a real banana boat! The film shows various equipment on the ship including anchors,... Topics: Long Beach, Longshoremen, United Fruit Company, Matson Inc, USS Mormactide, Liberty Ship, Cargo...